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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Action Steps To Take To Deal With Water Damage At Home

Water damage in your home could be caused by a variety of reasons, for example a burst pipe, a flooded basement, spring rains, or even a faucet that has overflowed after being accidentally left on. Although you can take all the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home, you never know if disaster is going to strike. So, it is good to be prepared by knowing exactly what steps of action to take if you discover water damage in your home.

Safety First

If you come home to find an overflowing faucet or a burst pipe or find water damage in any part of your home, it is important to prioritize the safety of yourself and your family. Before you go into any area of your home that has been affected by water, it is vital that you turn off the electricity in that area of your home. To be extra safe, you might want to completely turn the electricity supply off at the mains switch. If you believe that the electrical system of your home has been affected by the water damage, you should call a trained electrician immediately.

Stop The Flow Of Water

In many cases, where there is water damage to your home, you can do something yourself to stop or at least slow down the flow of water until your plumber arrives. For example, if you return home to find a burst pipe, you can slow the water down by turning the water supply to your home off at the mains switch. If your water supply is shared with other homes on a terrace, for example, you may need to inform your neighbors, as doing so could switch off their supply, too. If you cannot find the source of the water, or are unable to stop the flow, you should call an emergency plumber out to your home.

Removing The Water

In most cases, professional water damage restorers will be able to remove all the water from your home using special tools. However, if possible, you should remove as much water as you can yourself before they arrive, as this will help to minimize the amount of long-term damage done to your home. You can use tools such as a wet vacuum or a mop to clear as much water as possible. If you can, prepare it for restoration work by moving as many light and small items as possible.

Restoring The Damage

In the event of water damage to your home, your priority should be ensuring that the plumbing and electrical wiring is repaired and confirmed to be safe. Once this is done, it’s time to begin restoring the water damage to your home. In most cases, this type of damage will be covered by your home insurance company, who you should call immediately. It is a good idea to have photographic evidence of the damage to send to them to get your claim through as quickly as possible. Your insurance company can arrange for a professional team to carry out repair work on your home.

Be prepared for any water emergencies in your home!

Four Fun Tips For Redesigning Your Home

The key to enjoying your living space is to make it as usable and as attractive as possible. This will motivate you to spend more time in it and could be the key to having fun when you do. There are many projects you can do that will not cost a ton of money, but will render huge and efficient results for you. Being aware of tips for designing your home is the key to getting this job done.

Tip #1: Purchase New Furniture

Of course, there is nothing that will allow your home to look instantly new from top to bottom, but getting new and beautiful furniture goes a really long way. Whether it is a new couch or a piece from Hickory Chair Furniture, getting some show peices will spruce up everuthing! The good news is that you have a wide assortment of styles and designs to select from for any area of your home.

You may want to start in the living room, because this is likely where you will spend the most time. Selecting the ideal furniture that is not only attractive, but usable and affordable as well, is sure to be high on your list of things to do for your home.

Tip #2: Add Window Treatments

One thing you will want to be certain to do is to have the right amount of privacy in your home. This means putting up the perfect window treatments to enable you to do so.

Some ideas include wooden blinds that are well-known for providing an elegant look. These will surely stand the test of time and keep your home protected from the elements in the process.

If you want a home décor look, you may opt for draperies and sheer curtains. This combination will allow you to put the drapes back and rely on the sheers to keep the sunlight out of your home while providing you with an outside view.

The options are varied when it comes to putting window treatments in your home, and you will want to be sure to make the best choice to suit your individual needs.

Tip #3: Build A Porch

Does your home lack an area where guests can quickly enter your property? If so, you may want to consider building a porch. This can add lots of value to your home and will offer a lot of use in the process.

Wood is a great material to use when attempting to do this home remodel project. You can always choose a stain that will enable the wood to look great and stay protected from the weather.

Do not forget to add rails for added used for individuals that may be disabled and unable to walk with ease. This feature can also allow you and your visitors to have an added level of stability when entering the home.

Tip #4: Work On The Curb Appeal

Regardless of how great your home may look inside, you will want the exterior to be attractive, as well. This is the first part of your property others will see and making sure it looks fantastic is entirely up to you. However, you may want to find a person to do the mowing for you, and if so, the average price for this job is $35-$40.

Some things you can do when the weather starts getting warmer is simply keeping the lawn well-manicured. Being sure to mow and weed eat as necessary will allow this area of your home to look its best.

If you want to add some life to your front lawn, be sure you have shrubbery in place. You can put some greenery up and down the sidewalks for an added touch. Of course, putting in some blooming plants will add just the right amount of color and is a great way to enhance your front yard.

The benefits of doing some simple remodeling projects are that your home will look great and you can enjoy the results. Be sure to get started today and have fun while doing these tasks. The results you get are sure to be worthwhile and enable you make the most of  your hard work on a daily basis by simply enjoying your home!

Coffee Caboose Etc.

Little Washington, North Carolina: Day 2 (Part 3)

We are a family of coffee addicts! For us, we need a cup of coffee to get a cup of coffee and one of our favorite things to do when we are exploring a new city is to seek out the local coffee shops. Very close to the Little Washington, North Carolina waterfront boardwalk, is the cutest café called Coffee Caboose Etc.

This adorable building, built in 1913, is made out of a train’s Caboose. Because of that, seating is sparse, but who cares when you can grab something caffeinated and go out exploring! The young girl serving us our drinks was incredibly sweet and our lattes were superb. You could easily tell that this family owned establishment was a local hotspot. There were lots of delicious sweets to choose from as well, but we passed, as we knew we were going to lunch soon.

They even have an area for children to play, so that their parents can enjoy their beverages. That is a total win in my book! Additionally, next to the café is a Sleeper Car, which you can rent as accommodation. It is complete with a queen-sized Murphy bed, futon sleeper, couch, living area, kitchenette, and full bathroom with shower. It is quaint, comfortable, and convenient to all that Little Washington has to offer. Reservations are available through Airbnb.

Another thing that we found out the following morning, which happened to be a Sunday, is that most places in Little Washington are closed on Sundays. Not Coffee Caboose Etc! Now that we were properly refueled it was time to do something that required energy. . .


Five Ways To Spruce Up Your Look For The New Season

Feeling good in your clothes can make a difference in the way you carry yourself, your attitude to life, and your overall confidence. With that said, it can be difficult to keep your finger on the fashion pulse with replacing your wardrobe every season! However, there are a few things you can do to update your look without reinventing yourself every few months:

Splurge On Accessories

Rather than spend all your hard earned cash on a complete new wardrobe, simply update your accessories every season. A beautiful belt, some exquisite hats, an on-trend bag, or pair of shoes; the more creative the better! Accessories are the glue that tie an outfit together. Get them right and you will look like the ultimate fashionista, get them wrong and you will look like you got dressed in the dark. Keep an eye on the latest designs and match them to clothes you already have. Choose colors that complement one another and most importantly make sure you are happy with the choices. Confidence is the key to carrying off any look!

Experiment With Jewelry 

A statement necklace, a bold ring, a delicate bracelet, or a well-place choker can bring an outfit to life. Rather than spends hundreds on an expensive new dress, update an old one with a beautiful piece of jewelry or if the mood takes you an entire set.

Mix Up Your Makeup

As fashion changes, so do beauty looks. A bold new eye shadow, some bright lipstick, or switching up your eyeliner can make a real difference to your look. You can make subtle changes like a softer eye shadow or dramatic changes with intense lashes and smokey eyes. If you are unsure, visit a make-up counter and ask them to help you with a new look. Many make-up concessions will give you a free make-over, and as they are trained make up artists they can help you find a palette that suits your eyes and skin tone.

Change Your Perfume

A beautiful new fragrance is another way you can update your look effortlessly. There is a fragrance to suit every outfit, but obviously this could get expensive and leave you struggling for space on your dressing table. If you don’t want to spend hundreds every month on a new designer fragrance there is a NYC company called Scent Bird that will let you get a new perfume every month for a small subscription fee. A recent Scent Bird review highly recommends this service. It is a good idea if this is something you like to splash out on or if you want to try out a few fragrances before you find your signature fragrance.

Have A Few Staple Timeless Pieces 

If you always want to make sure you have something on-trend to wear, keep a few staple pieces in your wardrobe. Classics like the little black dress can be accessorised to suit any occasion. Also have a trouser suit, a pencil skirt, black pumps, a sharp blazer, and a plain white tee. Neutral items are a great idea, because they are timeless and can easily be spruced up with some well-placed accessories and a little creativity.

Little Washington Waterfront Boardwalk

Little Washington, North Carolina: Day 2 (Part 2)

In my opinion, the main attraction in Little Washington, North Carolina is its historic and gorgeous waterfront. Just steps away from downtown, the long boardwalk on the Pamlico River is the perfect way to see boats from near and far, watch wildlife play, interact with locals and visitors, and experience the fun of the water. Or you can just sit and ponder life with a breathtaking view in front of you!

As previously mentioned the waterfront is the jewel in Little Washington’s crown. It serves as one of the main gathering spots and it certainly takes on a life of its own during the large annual festivals like the Summer Festival and Smoke on the Water.

There is also a small park on the waterfront for family enjoyment. My son, of course, had to test it out for himself for a while.

Is this not the prettiest setting for a swing?

Then it was time for some much needing refueling. .